POLICY


The CECI Burial Assistance Program may provide a one-time amount not to exceed $500 to be used towards funeral home, transportation, or other related funeral expenses, of a deceased Calista Corporation original voting shareholder or direct descendant of an original shareholder.

PROCEDURE


Applicant must be an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) or a spouse of the deceased Calista Corporation original voting shareholder or direct descendant of an original shareholder to be considered eligible to apply for Burial Assistance.  If the deceased has no surviving immediate family members or spouse, a letter of confirmation must be provided, and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Applicant must complete and submit the following within 60 days after the date of death:

  • Burial Assistance Application
  • Death certificate or letter from a medical facility/funeral home with the name of the deceased and date of death
  • Invoice from the funeral home or the applicant’s receipts of the funeral service expenses


All applications must be complete in order to be processed.  Incomplete applications will not be processed and rejected after the 60 day time period.  The Burial Assistance Program is based on availability of funds. 

If the Burial Assistance application is approved by CECI in its sole and absolute discretion, CECI will disperse funds as follows:

  • Directly to the funeral home, if the applicant requests the funding up to an amount not to exceed $500 to be dispersed to the funeral home and an invoice from the funeral home is included with the application;
  • If the applicant does not list the funeral home, the applicant may request reimbursement for funeral service expenses up to an amount not to exceed $500. The applicant must submit an itemized statement of expenses with original receipts and must be the person who actually paid the expenses. Receipts considered for reimbursement may include and are in priority order:
  • Transportation costs for the deceased to the final resting place;
  • Transportation costs for immediate family members (mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter) or spouse to attend funeral services for the deceased; and
  • Other expenses related to the funeral service, may include: food for the funeral service, casket or clothing for the deceased, flower arrangements for the funeral service, clergy fees and final resting place fees.

The Calista Education and Culture, Inc. (CECI) Burial Assistance is funded by donations and fundraising through CECI and is subject to the availability of funding.

Who We Are

“We call ourselves Yupiit, “Real People.”  In our language yuk means “person” or “human being.”  Then we add pik, meaning “real” or “genuine.”  We are the real people.”

-Paul John, Calista Elder

PURPOSE


To provide assistance to immediate family members (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) or a spouse making arrangements for the final resting place of a deceased Calista Corporation original voting shareholder or direct descendant of an original shareholder.

Burial Assistance